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Senso-ji Temple

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3842-0181
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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According to legend, two brothers kept trying to return a statue of Kannon,...

According to legend, two brothers kept trying to return a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, to the Sumida River only to have it returned to them the next day. This temple located in Tokyo's Asakusa district was built to honor her.

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Nice peaceful place to visit which has some great architecture and statues. There are also many souvenirs along the walk to the temple perfect for gift ideas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice peaceful place to visit which has some great architecture and statues. There are also many souvenirs along the walk to the temple perfect for gift ideas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you go during the day, you'll be caught in a massive swarm of tourists - kind of takes away from the temple experience. Much better ambiance in the evening, fewer people and the lights come on. Currently the pagoda is being maintained and is all covered up.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

very nice temple. There's also shops that sells souvenirs. although the price little expensive than akihabara. :) . but not recommend if you dont like crowded place. Getting there is very easy using the Tokyo Subway as the subway exit is very close to the temple entrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This temple is Tokyo's most significant and oldest, a must-see for visitors. It was a highlight for my son and his family visiting from Europe. I have visited the temple many times. It also has special memory as it is a turning point for the Tokyo marathon. Visitors enjoy the entrance way Nakamise-dori, packed with souvenirs shops, vestiges of an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The temple itself is very small. The main attraction I think are the streets around cover with small shop perfect for tourists. Don't go there during Chinese holiday to many of them will turn your perfect trip to disaster.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great shrine and surrounding, but one of the most crowdy places, we have experienced in Tokyo right behind to Shibuya pedestrian crossing and metro in rush hours. Need to go there in the morning, or later in the afternoon.

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We like the shops lining the road leading to the temple. The temple itself is rich in history and cultural significance.

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I don't recommend Senso-ji Temple to anyone who loves order and tranquility. The temple was way too busy on the day I tired to go with my friend. In fact we didn't bother to go into it since we're already completely put off by the crowds in the alleys leading to it. People kept on pushing and we just couldn't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice temple. Enter by Kaminarimon door and go up Nakasime-dori. You can shop some souvenirs here, although you can find cheaper elsewhere. Be sure to shake the boxe for good luck !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A large temple complex with many shrines. The place also houses plenty of food and beverage stalls. There's also shops that sells souvenirs. There's no admission fee to enter the temple complex, just be there and enjoy the atmosphere. Getting there is very easy using the Tokyo Subway as the subway exit is very close to the temple entrance.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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